Department of Animal Science 

UC Davis - The University of California, Davis

Jason W. Abernathy

  Jason W. Abernathy, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
Sponsor: Huaijun Zhou
Start Date: Feb 1, 2012
End Date:

Department of Animal Science
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 USA

Email: jwabernathy@ucdavis.edu


Ph.D., Genomics, Auburn University, 2010
, Biomedical Sciences, Auburn University, 2002


I am interested in host-pathogen interactions of zoonotic agents and their transmission through the food chain. Chicken is my model organism, as chicken can serve as a reservoir for several foodbourne pathogens including Salmonella and Campylobacter species. I use a combination of cell/molecular, genetic and genomic approaches on the pathogen, chicken, and human to help discover the underlying mechanisms of such infectious diseases. Currently, I am using comparative genomic hybridization arrays to identify regions along the chicken genome associated with disease by mapping copy number variants between several genetic lines of chicken. The ultimate goal of my research is to reduce the spread of infection from our farms to our food supply.

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